Microsoft launch Minecraft early access program

Microsoft has released Minecraft: Education Edition early access for educators around the world

The early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition is available now, and gives educators a chance to install and try an early version of the experience for free throughout the summer. 

In May Microsoft hosted a Beta program, collecting feedback from more than 2,000 students and educators representing more than 100 schools in 26 countries around the world. Their detailed feedback helped fine-tune the experience across a diverse set of learning environments.

The early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition that we are releasing today includes several key features that the community told us are important for enhancing the learning environment, including easy classroom collaboration, Non-Player Characters, and camera and portfolio features that allow students to take screenshots of their work and document the development of their projects. 

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Microsoft are also releasing updated classroom content and curriculum to help educators get started quickly using Minecraft: Education Edition.  Sample lessons range across subjects and age levels, and include “City Planning for Population Growth”, “Exploring factors and multiples”, and “Effects of deforestation”.

More information on Minecraft: Education Edition  can be found here education.minecraft.net.

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